Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,080
Hads: 6,734
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 113
Gots: 1,515 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Photo of raiderob
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the14.9 can into the official Guinness as a moonless night.1/2 " creamy head.foam up&down the dirt taste which I like.not bad at all.Prost (168 characters)

Photo of baile208
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very creamy taste with chocolate and coffee undertones. Slight bitterness but not overpowering. Very smooth. Dark chocolate color and smells like coffee and caramel. (165 characters)

Photo of lazaunsound
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't get darker than this. Definitely the best stout beer I have tasted. Taste is perfectly balanced and I like that extra amount of the gas bubbles which are appearing when beer is being poured. Overall 4.5/5 (210 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a persistent cream colored foam collar that etches the glass with classic lace lines marking each drink.
S: Chocolatey roast, grains, roast barley.
T: The nitrogen in the bar gas reduces some of the roasty bitterness but there is enough roastyness to satisfy any palate.
F: Satiating, super creamy smooth, full bodied and soft carbonation.
O: A go to session beer. (388 characters)

Photo of RABaxter
4.56/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is and probably always will be my go-to. It's a proper comfort beer. Nice balance, smooth, creamy, fascinating to watch as it settles, and (as a friend at a pub with me one pointed out) very aesthetically pleasing in a glass. It's a beer for the worker and the philosopher. (281 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The legendary Guinness Draught

The look of it: Amazing, dark roasted color with about 1 finger of head that is very present

The smell of it: Roasted malt with a touch of caramel coffee

The taste of it; A small touch of coffee,a bot of caramel also not very carbonated but very creamy, the presence of the alcohol is not very there. Feels refreshing .

So overall would I recommend it? For sure, this is a well made beer, definitely a go to beer but personally it won t be mine. (486 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy feel and of course a great look with its big tan head. Taste and aroma are simple. Not too flavorful but overall not a bad brew for a macro. (158 characters)

Photo of BarryOSullivan
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing beer/stout, those who say it is average, are either trying it out of a can or a bar that do not take care/pride in their draught lines. Ireland is the best place to drink Guinness, I am irish and have lived all over the world. Nothing compares to my local pint in ireland where the barkeep takes pride and the black stuff is constantly flowing (354 characters)

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I still love this beer! Even though it's like the Bud Light of stouts (4.2%), this is the beer that got me to try other beers, and for that I am grateful. (155 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
2.23/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't understand why people make a big fuss about this beer. Super boring, and has the most rancid shitty after taste. Probably one of the worst stouts out there. The abv is super low too which is not typical of a good stout. This is the Natty Ice of stouts. (260 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First stout of any kind I'd ever tried, like most people I suppose. still drink it from time to time when i need a smooth drinking dark beer. all around good dry stout. you know that though. (190 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a draught can. Pours a dark black with the typical Guinness cascade from milk chocolate to black and cream tan head. Aroma is faint, but has slight roast. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and light roast. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Overall, not a bad beer for being a mass produced, approachable stout. (315 characters)

Photo of kbeck001
4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer! It took me a long time to build up the courage to try this beer. Tried it for the first time at Bible study a few weeks ago. My faith has indeed been restored! (174 characters)

Photo of lipster
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a 16 oz pint glass. Dark, deep amber-ebony color with a smooth thick head. Smells of malt. Tastes of roasted malt at first, slight bitter tinge of baking chocolate, watery but clean finish with notes of coffee. Light, watery mouthfeel, though thick foam head adds some creamy texture. Inoffensive, pleasant session stout and balanced. Best enjoyed on tap, of course. A pub classic with high nostalgia points. (The first pint I ever drank was this in Galway City, age fourteen.) (500 characters)

Photo of willyburz
4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's Guinness, the beer that got me into Stouts, and changed my beer game forever...the hell with crap ipa, and the bud lights of the world...browns, porters, and stouts are where its at! Hail Guinness for quality and flavor, and hail Nitro Stouts! (249 characters)

Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very heavy, rich and creamy but not my type. I still can find it enjoyable on some occasions though. Feel like this beer will clearly have advocates and critics. (161 characters)

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.9/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from: 14.9 oz can poured into a pint glass.
Easily one of my all time favorites. Looks beautiful, with a nice thick head and dark coloration. Smells great too. The taste is a little watery, but it still tastes strongly of roasted coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of an iced mocha. Goes down very smooth. A classic. (321 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: this beer really sets the appearance standard for the style, pours black like my soul with cascading bubbles and a thick two-finger tan head, excellent retention and significant lacing, the carbonation is on the lighter side, perfection.

SMELL: roasted malt, coffee, smokey.

TASTE: the taste is initially smokey, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, a little watery, not overpowering.

PALATE: creamy with lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer would have rated higher if not for the watery taste, it has a lot going for it but just does not quite hit the mark, still a very good stout, I like a more subtle tasting stout, I would have this again no problem. (779 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.83/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draught pour in a branded glass in my local village pub by a bartender rated 1st in the county and 3rd overall in the Guinness Central Florida Pour-Off 2 years running. Appearance is outstanding with a almost black body and creamy head that lasts all the way to the bottom with cascading bubbles until it settles down and she serves it. The aroma of sweet malt, roasted coffee and lastly the bitterness is perfect. The taste is a blend of tart and bitter with a smokey flavor (I like burnt-smokey alcoholic drinks). The feel is a rich cream giving way to a somewhat lighter than expected ending, overall a stout you can keep on drinking. (637 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed after the fact. Had this on st paddys. Haven't had one of these in a long while. And now they serve it in a new curvy glass? Blasphemy!

Anyway. It looked fabulous as always. The billowy silky smooth dark tan foam retained all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The beer is black and refuses any light to pass through. It smells carbonic and minerally, which sadly covered up any beer aroma for me. Nitro beers... It tasted better than I remember. The silky creaminess balanced nicely with the slightly bitter charred wood of the brew with espresso undertones. The deep burnt roast lingers long and very mildly sweet. I liked the rich creaminess. The lively epravescance keeps the creaminess at bay and keeps it from feeling like a milkshake. This beer was far better than I remember; I've sampled hundreds of other beers since the last. It's a good solid beer maybe 60-75 percentile. It's a good option at those crummy 5 beer restaurants that only serve this, a macro beer, macro beer light, a heffe, and a bad pale. (1,032 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well it's St Patrick's Day, and I would have preferred an Extra Stout, or Foreign Extra, but a can of Guinness Draught will do. It opens with a pop and a strange squeal from the hidden nitro widget. It resembles coffee with cream as it pours in to the trademark Guinness Perfect Pint glass. There's a beautiful cascade effect as the darker suds fight their way to the bottom. What's left when it's all said and done is a picture perfect pint. Deep, dark brown, nearly black, with ruby highlights where the light hits the base of the glass just right. The head is a solid inch of custard like foam, so densely packed that only a close examination reveals the miniscule bubbles. Dip your finger in to it and the impression remains, like icing on a cake. Guinness draught definitely has the look down. Perhaps one of the most appealing appearances of any beer out there. The aroma brings faint chocolate malts, black coffee and a little sourness on the nose. A hint of the roasted bitterness that is sure to come out in the flavor. Mild, yet characteristic of a dry Irish stout. The taste brings a bit of tartness, married with a nice bittering ash that creates a smoky, mild flavor. Lingering roast dominates the finish. Fairly simple, yet nuanced. Certainly on the thin, easy side of the spectrum. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich in the beginning, and then thin and watery as the nitro loses steam. Personally, I think it loses something in the draught flow cans. It's a novel concept that brings it to your fridge, but no substitute for the real draught Guinness on tap. That said, it's still a great example of the style. Simple, uncomplicated, accessible. A great beer to broaden your horizons with. (1,702 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Nice and dark. Tan head.

S- Mild roastiness.

T- Mild roasty flavor, hint of chocolate, just seems watered down.

F- Okay feel, creamy.

O- overrated, but it's okay. (176 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a beautiful beer but it lacks so much consistency from the can to the bottle to draft. Much better on tap over their cans with the co2 canisters. (150 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice look - black with a nice creamy/tan head.
Little to no smell.
Tastes very watery with some bitterness. I couldn't detect any flavors.
It feels chalky to my tongue with mild carbonation.
Overall it's an okay stout; however I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. (277 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

I love this beer. It looks, smells, and tastes fantastic. With rich coffee and dark chocolate flavors, dark almost black color with a thick off white head. All of this comes together great, I just feel like it should be a little thicker. (237 characters)

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.